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What is the best treatment for a progressive vision loss?

What is the best treatment for a progressive vision loss?

Eye MD: The best thing you could do is to see an ophthalmologist to determine what is happening to your vision and what to do about it.

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


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I'm 58 recently diagnosed w/glaucoma & beginnings of peripheral vision loss. Please explain what aggressive treatment would mean for me?

I'm 58 recently diagnosed w/glaucoma & beginnings of peripheral vision loss. Please explain what aggressive treatment would mean for me?

Treatment: Of glaucoma is individualized. For each, a target pressure is set depending on the untreated pressure (usually 30% lower). Then the ophthalmologist adds treatment until this is reached. More aggressive treatment means setting a lower goal and closer follow up.

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With treatment can a 58 year old with 30 percent optic nerve damage avoid significant vision loss in their lifetime?

With treatment can a 58 year old with 30 percent optic nerve damage avoid significant vision loss in their lifetime?

Depends on the cause: If your vision loss is from compression of the nerve from a tumor it is best to get it treated asap to prevent further loss. Optic nerve damage may not improve if the damage is severe.

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Dr says glaucoma caught early w/30% nerve damage & minimal peripheral vision loss. Begun treatment. Only 58 yrs. Old. What is long-term prognosis?

Dr says glaucoma caught early w/30% nerve damage & minimal peripheral vision loss. Begun treatment. Only 58 yrs. Old. What is long-term prognosis?

Good: The prognosis is good if you use the medications as directed and keep all follow up appointments with your ophthalmologist.

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Can laser photocoagulation be used to treat macular degeneration? I was recently diagnosed with the "dry" form of macular degeneration. Is having laser photocoagulation a treatment option available to me, and would this prevent further vision loss? .

Can laser photocoagulation be used to treat macular degeneration? I was recently diagnosed with the "dry" form of macular degeneration. Is having laser photocoagulation a treatment option available to me, and would this prevent further vision loss? .

Laser no help: Laser for dry macular degeneration has been studied well. Laser to the macula of dry amd patients makes drusen go away, so it looks better on exam. The laser does not change whether or not there is vision loss. Vitamin supplementation is the only proven preventive therapy, and reduces the risk of vision loss by about 25%. The vitamin formula now recommended is called areds 2 formula.

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Glaucoma 30% nerve damage with some peripheral vision loss. Have started treatment. Dr said at 50% damage I would notice vision loss. Sound right?

Not likely: In my experience, patients with glaucoma rarely notice the loss of vision until it is far advanced. Also there is no reliable way to estimate the percentage loss of nerve. We generally judge the extent of disease with the peripheral vision test as mild, moderate or severe.

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Dr says glaucoma caught early w/30% nerve damage & some peripheral vision loss. Said w/out treatment could've been blind in 7 yrs. Can go that fast?

Depends: It depends on many factors, but the general rule of thumb is that it the higher the pressure, the faster vision loss can occur. The goal of glaucoma treatment is to lower the pressure to the point that vision loss does not progress or slows to the point that you will never go blind during your lifetime.

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Recently diagnosed with glaucoma. No peripheral vision loss. 30% optic nerve damage. With treatment will nerve damage cause loss of vision?

Recently diagnosed with glaucoma. No peripheral vision loss. 30% optic nerve damage. With treatment will nerve damage cause loss of vision?

Probably not: Glaucoma is readily treated with anti-pressure medication which should prevent any further damage in almost all cases. This is handled by ophthalmologists (you are not seeing an optometrist I hope?) who deal with this daily. There is a step ladder of treatments -- medication, laser, surgery to prevent further damage which can be quite effective.

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If mother is resistant to eye drops and laser treatment for glaucoma, what is prognosis for daughter with glaucoma in stopping vision loss?

If mother is resistant to eye drops and laser treatment for glaucoma, what is prognosis for daughter with glaucoma in stopping vision loss?

Probably good: If caught early and carefully followed she should do well. We have medications, laser as well as surgical options. For older patients often the disease was well advanced prior to the diagnosis being made, making treatment more problematic.

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Age 58. 30 percent optic nerve damage in 1 eye due to open angle glaucoma. Withg treatment is it possible to prevent vision loss in lifetime?

Yes: You will most likely be able to be controlled medically. Your chances of not losing vision from glaucoma are very good. Make sure you are compliant with your medication.

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What is the definition or description of: Vision distortion?

What is the definition or description of: Vision distortion?

Wavy vision: Visual distortion occurs when straight lines focused on the retina become irregular and wavy..

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Weird vision distortion when tired. Why?

Weird vision distortion when tired. Why?

Vision distortion: When we get tired, our eyes can get dry and irritated. Using artificial tears can prevent the dryness and related blurred vision and visual distortions. If the distortions worsens or do not resolve, you need to see an eye doctor.

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Why is it that I get peripheral vision distortion?

Why is it that I get peripheral vision distortion?

Peripheral vision: While this can be normal if it happens for a few minutes at the end of extreme exercise, most of the time it is abnormal. Serious conditions like glaucoma and retinal detachment can cause this. See a specialist eye MD and get checked out.

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Why do I get peripheral vision distortion sometimes?

Why do I get peripheral vision distortion sometimes?

Depends: It could be a type of a migraine headache even if you do not experience the pain. I would however have it checked out by your doctor. Does aleve, (naproxen) aspirin, excedrine or Ibuprofen help?

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Could toric contact lenses cause vision distortion, if I read books while lying down on the bed?

Could toric contact lenses cause vision distortion, if I read books while lying down on the bed?

No: You should see well in any position if the contacts are fit properly. Occasionally a toric lens will sit improperly on the eye. The vision will be blurry. When this happens, use your finger to rotate the lens and then blink. Repeat this until the vision clears.

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Can lack of sleep cause vision distortion?

Can lack of sleep cause vision distortion?

Maybe: If you are exhausted it is possible to have blurry vision. Not really certain what you mean by distortion but it can be difficult to see normally, especially in the night with extreme sleep deprivation

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Could lack of sleep cause intermittent vision distortion?

Could lack of sleep cause intermittent vision distortion?

Potentially: If eyes become dry due to lack of sleep - this may lead to visual blurring. It can cause eye spasms too (myokymia)

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What causes peripheral vision distortion? It sounds like migraine.

Could be: The most likely cause for this symptoms is occipital migraine which causes a greying out of the vision the the corresponding peripheral 1/2 of vision of each eye with surrounding flashing lights lasting up to 2 hours and leaving with no trace. Persistent flashing in one eye only especially with lowered vision and floaters might be a retinal detachment and needs ophthalmological evaluation soon.

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Weird vision distortion when tired, is it from the eyes or the brain?

Weird vision distortion when tired, is it from the eyes or the brain?

Eyes: Distorted vision when tired sounds like dry eye/poor blink when staring at a screen. Try blinking more or using artificial tears. Vision distortion can also come from retinal disease like macular degeneration/ diabetes or migrain (brain), but should have no relation to fatigue. Go to ophthal if not better.

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Having issues with jaw, possibly misaligned causing vision distortion to see everything fast, numbness, jaw, neck and head pain?

Having issues with jaw, possibly misaligned causing vision distortion to see everything fast, numbness, jaw, neck and head pain?

TMJ pain: Temporal mandibular joint syndrome Is quite common but it does not usually cause distorted vision. Your dentist or an oral surgeon can evaluate and advise you about your jaw symptoms. You may be referred to an ophthalmologist if deemed advisable.

Dr. Austina Cho
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